Raw honey is a wonderfully versatile ingredient and has been used as a medicine since the Stone Age.
But do you know that you can use honey in your skin care regime too? It’s gentle enough for all skin types, and especially beneficial for dry skin types. It can be used daily for exfoliating, cleansing and so much more! This all in-one ingredient can replace a myriad of expensive store brought products and by replacing them with raw honey, you help support our beekeepers and their hives!
Did you know that honeybees contribute to over one third of our global food supply through pollination? Without bees, we would lose access to over 90 varieties of fresh food!
Since only arriving in Australia recently, I’ve been researching Australian Bee Keepers and decided to buy my current honey stock from Biome who are the official stockist of Bee One Third. I opted for a honey comb this time because my son is fascinated by all things “bees and honey” I have to hide it from him because otherwise he eats it all in one go, so I end up with none for my face (he thinks that’s a waste by the way lol). It’s like Christmas when we get a new stash of pure honey, there really is nothing like it, and today we are going to learn how you can use this simple, natural ingredient to boost immunity and achieve glowing skin!
How Raw Honey Can Benefit Your Skin
When regularly applied topically to the skin, raw honey can provide your skin with a myriad of benefits, because of it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties it’s incredibly useful in the treatment of acne, dry skin, redness, swelling and eczema. Raw honey is also a natural exfoliator and cleanser, can remove old dull skin revealing new skin cells underneath, being a humectant it draws moisture from the air and leaves your skin smooth and hydrated. This never expiring ingredient is also great for wound healing, reducing the appearance of scars and slowing down the signs of ageing.
➤ Try my Nourishing Cuticle Balm Recipe that also does wonders for chapped lips, cracked heels and rough elbows!
Raw Honey masks are super easy to do at home, you can mix honey with other beneficial ingredients such as vegetable glycerin, natural yoghurt, avocado, turmeric, clay, carrier oils and so much more! Make sure you start with clean skin, open up your pores by laying a hot wash cloth over your face. Leave your mask on for 15-30 minutes then wash your face with cold water to close the pores. Follow with applying your favourite facial oil to lock in the hydration.
Raw Honey To Boost Immunity
It’s a pretty hectic time for everyone at the moment, we are all cooped up at home, and with the flu season only just around the corner, it’s time to stock up on the right resources to boost our immunity to keep ourselves and our families healthy. To make a quick soothing immunity drink at home, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 Tbs of lemon juice into mug, add hot water and stir, adjust to taste. Try adding a slither of fresh ginger for extra benefits. Drink to your desired temperature in the morning and before bed for a boosted immunity.
Honey can also help to fight disease-causing free radicals and can reduce the risk of cell damage. It can provide a great source of antioxidants, is antibacterial and anti-fungal, holds anti-inflammatory properties and aids digestion.
Mind Blowing (and cute) Facts About Bees
- The Queen bee lays 600-800 eggs a day, but she’s even busier in summer laying up to 2,500 eggs!
- The average life span of a bee is 6 weeks, but the Queen bee can live up to five years!
- When the Queen bee dies, her workers bees select a young larva (baby bee) and feed it a special food called “royal jelly“. This enables her to develop into a strong, healthy, kick-ass Queen bee!
- The worker bees are all female (typical right) they forage for food, build and protect the hive. They also clean and circulate air by beating their wings.
- One bee makes half a teaspoon of honey in its 6 week life, and we humans consume 285 million pounds of honey a year!
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Where Can I Buy Top Quality Raw Honey?
Due to the current COVID-19 issue, your local supermarkets and chainstores may well be out of stock, if you are having trouble finding some just turn to your local provider. Beekeepers are an ‘Essential Service’ so they can still check their hives and look after the bees for customers. An important note to make, is that there are a lot of different honeys available for purchase, so do your homework and ensure that the product your are purchasing is natural and free from any added sugars.
➤ Below are excellent, top quality and reputable Honey Producers for New Zealand and Australia;
Australian Honey Suppliers
New Zealand Honey Suppliers
Love all things bee related?
These wonderfully busy little creatures truly are one of nature’s greatest gifts! Not only providing honey for skincare but also beeswax! Beeswax is an all-natural substance with so many versatile uses. From candles to soaps, and even as an alternative to plastic food storage, beeswax is an environmentally friendly material that’s a must-have in your home.
Let me know where you get your honey from, and how you use it in the comments below!
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